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  • The future is female, wiping out the past

    Joseph Muscat gave a speech at the United Nations last week where he told a sparsely populated room that, “The future is female”. The Prime Minister was careful to focus his self-praise on his government’s efforts to get more women into the workforce, which he described as “a silent social revolution”, words happily repeated by […] More

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  • Diverting public attention from the story that won’t die

    In the make-belief land of Malta, perception matters more than reality, and the only concern is controlling the message. We’ve seen the pattern so many times before. The government makes a grandiose promise, and pledges spending in the Budget, generating a fanfare of publicity and self-congratulatory back patting by ministers. But when the praise has […] More

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  • ‘Getting Things Done’ while everyone is stuck in traffic

    Ian Borg may be ‘Getting Things Done’, but you probably aren’t. More than anything, the Transport Minister seems to be digging himself an enormous hole — or an island-wide series of them — as the real-time roadworks map published by Transport Malta shows. He promised to pave every road on the island, and it seems […] More

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  • False neutrality isn’t non-partisan

    The Council of Europe said this. Muscat said that. Which is true? It’s anyone’s guess. That isn’t reporting the news. It’s avoiding your responsibilities. The press has an obligation to research a topic, to go deep into the weeds, to expose the lies, misdirection, and cover ups, and then tell that complicated story in a […] More

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  • At least, we’re not Malta

    We’re not Malta, fortunately. That was the sentiment expressed by media lawyer Flutura Kusari when discussing the current state of press freedom in Albania with news station Al Jazeera. Her statement should come as a bit of a shock to anyone familiar with the recent history of that country. Albania was a bizarre hermit kingdom […] More

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  • Creating a climate of fear

    I once robbed from the rich and gave to the poor. I’m very proud of that fact. No, really. I had a bow and arrows — well, it was a quiver of fake arrows, but someone must have thought they were real — and forest green tights. I even had a band of Merry Men. […] More

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  • Your MPs have to do better than that

    Government politicians and their hangers on have stuck a Shop-Vac in the public purse and they’re sucking as hard as they can. It’s the Maltese Buffett approach to public administration. Get the biggest plate you can find, load it up and stagger away with it. Then rush back with another plate and do it again […] More

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  • There’s a new game in town

    There’s a new game in town. Well, it’s based on an old game, actually. A game that’s as old as the European Union’s open internal borders. It’s called VAT Fraud Carousel, and it’s all about robbing European (and Maltese) taxpayers to stuff one’s own pockets by moving goods around. Now, there’s a video game that […] More

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  • Divide and rule

    The streets of Malta are choked with cars, and the air is choked with construction dust. When construction dust isn’t engulfing you in an asphyxiating cloud, you’re smothered in a black fog of exhaust from the unmaintained vehicle in front of you. Shade-giving trees are being cut down at an alarming rate even as temperatures […] More

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  • Will Neville Guffaw have the last laugh?

    The worst kept secret in Malta has finally been revealed. Neville Gafa — long known to readers for such stellar pieces of work as the (alleged) Libyan medical visa racket, and for his vacation meeting with a Libyan warlord — works for the Office of the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister didn’t seem to remember this […] More

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  • Theatre of the absurd

    Patrick Dalli didn’t get the result he wanted in court, so now he’s attacking the judicial system for breaching his human rights. That’s a lot like not studying for an exam and then blaming the teacher for your crappy grade. I wish I’d thought of this tactic in high school. I might have done better […] More

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  • A Tale of Two Maltas

    We’ve never had it so good. We’ve never had it so bad. And it all depends on who you ask. According to the 2018 Eurobarometer survey, 96% of respondents in Malta are very satisfied with the life they lead, and 39% of them expect their lives to keep getting better over the next 12 months. […] More

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